Lakeside Gardens is located at 1450 North End Rd. We’re about 5 minutes drive time from Ganges, 5 minutes from the Crofton ferry, 25 minutes from the Fulford ferry and 10 minutes from Long Harbour ferry terminal.
The most common way of getting to Salt Spring Island is by BC Ferry.
There are three ferry routes to Salt Spring Island:
- from Vancouver to Salt Springs’ Long Harbour Terminal
- from Victoria to Salt Spring’s Fulford Terminal
- from Duncan to Salt Spring’s Vesuvius Terminal
1) Traveling via Vancouver and the BC mainland?
See the schedule of BC Ferries’ Vancouver (mainland) departures from Tsawassen to Long Harbour
From the ferry terminal in Tsawwassen there is a direct holiday-season ferry to Long Harbour on Salt Spring Island. (At other times of the year, it stops off at one or two other islands on the way.) The ferry ride is a beautiful and memorable experience. Watch out for possible seals and whales.
It is recommended you make a reservations on this ferry especially on long weekends or in the summer. Long Harbour is about 15 minutes from Lakeside Gardens.
From Long Harbour ferry terminal to Lakeside Gardens Resort:
Take Long Harbour Road out of the ferry terminal to Upper Ganges Road. Turn right and then immediately left. Continue to the stop sign at Lower Ganges Road/North End Road. (It’s Lower Ganges on your left, North End on your right.) Make a right onto North End Road. A couple of minutes brings to to Lakeside.
You’ll see signs for other accommodation on the way. Lakeside Gardens has a large sign on your left.
2) Traveling via Victoria on Vancouver Island?
This direct route from Victoria also acts a alternate route for guests travelling from Vancouver. Because ferries sail frequently from Vancouver’s Tsawwassen terminal to Swartz Bay on Vancouver Island you can easily connect through to Fulford Harbour on the south end of Salt Spring.
At the Vancouver/Tsawwassen ticket booth, be sure you ask for a “THROUGH-FARE” ticket to Saltspring Island . (It is cheaper this way!)
The Swartz Bay to Fulford Harbour ferry takes 35 minutes and leaves every 2 hours on the odd hour enabling perfect connections to Salt Spring. From Fulford Harbour, you’ll have a 25 minutes drive to Lakeside Gardens.
From Fulford Harbour ferry terminal to Lakeside Gardens Resort:
Take the main road – Fulford-Ganges Road – to the village of Ganges. In the middle of Ganges, the main road makes a large, left turn. It then becomes Lower Ganges Road. Continue north (about 7 or 8 minutes) to Lakeside Gardens. You’ll see signs for other accommodation on the way. Lakeside Gardens has a large sign on your left.
3) Traveling via Duncan or Nanaimo on Vancouver Island (leaving from Crofton)
If you traveling from mid to northern Vancouver Island, you can take the Crofton Ferry to Vesuvius Bay on Salt Spring Island. Then it’s only about five minutes to Lakeside Gardens.
From Vesuvius ferry terminal to Lakeside Gardens Resort:
Take Vesuvius Bay Road to the first traffic light at Lower Ganges Road/North End Road. (It’s Lower Ganges on your right, North End to your left.) Turn left on to North End Road. A couple of minutes will bring you to Lakeside.
To phone BC Ferries:
(888) 223-3779 toll free in BC
(250) 386-3431 from Victoria
(250) 386-3431 from outside BC
Silver Shadow Taxi
See the Salt Spring bus website
Marine Drive Car Rentals at
(250) 537-6409 or
Salt Spring Adventures
Travel from Washington state:
The Victoria Clipper (1-206-448-5000) in Seattle, 250-382-8100 in Victoria) is a passenger-only ferry which operates from downtown Seattle to the inner harbour of Victoria. From there, you can drive to Swartz Bay and proceed on the Swartz Bay/Fulford ferry.
The Coho Ferry (360-457-4491 in U.S. or 250-386-2202 in Canada) sails to Victoria from Port Angeles.
Washington’s Anacortes Ferry allows for connections to the Swartz Bay/Fulford Harbour route. (see #2 at right)